Last blogpost I shared ten tips for your students to help them be successful when they take that first job out of college. Here are ten more...
1. Be visible/have face time in the office (walk around; return phone or email messages in person if possible).
2. Manage your boss: keep him/her informed of your progress, your successes, let know if made your quota or finished project. Praise your manager behind his/her back—be careful not to say negative things about your boss as it is very possible it will get back to him/her.
3. Reward those who help you (personal thank you note is good or take them to lunch or coffee).
4. Read the employee handbook or policy manual to see what the company expectations are.
5. Seek out a mentor: should be someone with organizational clout that can help your career; use discretion in choosing as not everyone is willing to be a mentor. However, those who are usually enjoy the mentoring process.
6. Be trustworthy: keep your word; complete projects on time; if can’t meet deadline, be sure and let boss know early—no surprises at the last minute.
7. Arrive a little early to work but not so early that make others uncomfortable or upset. Same thing with leaving.
8. Carry a datebook/calendar/palm pilot with you to write down assignments, meetings, deadlines, etc. so you can organize your time.
9. Make sure you have reliable transportation. Don’t get reputation as someone who is often late to work. Your boss won't care what your reason is.
10. Remember that as the new person, you will see things you think could be done more efficiently. Make notes of these things but wait a few months before making suggestions. You have to pay your dues to gain credibility.